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Masashi Kishimoto
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September 21, 1999
Junko Takeuchi, Maile Flanagan, Noriaki Sugiyama, Yuri Lowenthal, Chie Nakamura, Kazuhiko Inoue, Dave Wittenberg
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15 Most Iconic Anime Fights, Ranked

Anime fights like Jotaro vs. DIO in JJBA or Goku vs Vegeta in DBZ are so iconic, even non-anime fans know them.

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Is Naruto A Worse Dad Than Goku These Days?

When it comes to heroics, Naruto and Goku have it down pat, but the same can't always be said about their parenting skills.

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Naruto Shippuden Should Have Ended With the Pain Arc

The inconsistencies of the Fourth Great Ninja War make a great case for Naruto to have ended immediately after the Pain’s Assault arc.

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Best Anime On Crunchyroll (March 2023)

From brand-new breakout hits to classic fan favorites, Crunchyroll has a ton of great anime to stream today.

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Sasuke Has Always Been The Best Character In Naruto

With a role as important as the protagonist and a remarkably crafted personality, the Naruto anime would've never been the same without Sasuke.

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Naruto & Sasuke's Rivalry, Explained

Naruto and Sasuke's rivalry is a recurring theme in the franchise, and it isn't an understatement to say that it shaped the show's narrative.

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15 Worst Fathers In Anime, Ranked

The term "daddy issues" was invented for these horrible anime fathers.

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10 Things Shonen's Big Three Does Better Than The Dark Trio

From stronger comedy to playful filler, Shonen Jump's Big Three has the Dark Trio beat in a number of ways.

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10 Worst Naruto Villains Who Didn't Deserve Redemption

While some Naruto villains earned their redemption, others like Orochimaru and Kabuto didn't deserve a second chance.

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15 Fastest Anime Characters Of All Time, Ranked

Who are the speediest characters in anime history?

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10 Worst Cases Of Power Creep In Naruto, Ranked

Everyone in Naruto keeps getting stronger, and sometimes, it ruins the immersion.

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10 Worst-Written Main Characters From Great Anime

From Sailor Moon's annoying personality to Jonathan Joestar's underwhelming presence in JJBA, many anime protagonists could've been written better.

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10 Most Violent Naruto Fights, Ranked

Violence is unavoidable in Naruto's world, and between village battles and all-out war, the series has seen some incredibly violent fights.

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10 Best Ninja Anime, Ranked

Action-packed series set in a ninja world like Naruto and Basilisk are some of the most popular stories in anime.

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10 Shonen Anime That Get Better After The First Season

Some shonen anime need some time to warm up, including hit titles like My Hero Academia, Demon Slayer, and even Naruto.

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10 Most Dramatic Shonen Couples, Ranked

Shonen couples like Hinata and Naruto, Keiko and Yusuke, and Inuyasha and Kagome certainly have a flair for the dramatic.

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Nothing Ruins an Anime Faster Than Gratuitous Fan Service

Fan service is a decades-long anime tradition, especially in shonen, and it's time to lay that tradition to rest.

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Naruto: 10 Characters Stronger Than Itachi (& 10 Who Are Weaker)

Naruto's Clan Killer Itachi might be a pretty powerful person, but there are some characters who could handily beat him (and some who would fail).

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15 Parallels Between Naruto & His Villains

Naruto has a lot more in common with his villain counterparts than fans might realize.

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15 Anime Spinoffs That Aren't Worth Watching

From a chibi parody of Attack on Titan to a bad Soul Eater entry, not every anime spinoff is worth viewers' time.